Directed by Alan Clarke for British television and first broadcast as part of the “Screenplay” series in 1987.
Christine is an incredibly bleak and uncompromising portrayal of a day in the life of a teenage drug addict. Our titular character Christine visits her friends and scores them heroin aswell as scoring it herself.
At 52 minutes it’s an incredible feat for the every day viewer to even sit through this, but as a piece of film it stands out above any other drug drama for it’s realism and it’s incredible cinematography. Clarke films his characters from every angle possible and gets in as much as he can while at the same time letting the actors do as much as they can in the little space they’re given.
The humour in the dialogue takes away from the drug use and not once do any of the characters even mention drugs or the drug in question. Reality does kick in however when Christine asks one of her friends “You alright?” over and over again as they delve deeper into their drugged state.
There’s nothing special about these characters and Clarke emphasises that as well as doing absolutely nothing to say that living a life like this is in any way “good”. As a great filmmaker should, he simply presents the facts as they are.
Obviously staged, it’s ridiculous to say that this isn’t an incredible piece of cinema. All in all Clarke has created another brilliant film, and this one is a really stark depiction of drug use that just… stays with you.